China-Arctic relations: Opportunities and challenges

Roundtable session at 2018 NNC conference Asia on the Move, 6 November 2018

The Arctic region has been increasingly exposed to global engagement and is becoming a new “hot spot” of international relations. In January 2018, China released its first White Paper on Arctic Policy, which demonstrates its increasing interest and role consciousness in Arctic cooperation. While this is partly driven by China’s scientific curiosity, commercial activities as well as interconnectivity initiatives, it also reflects a concern over the rapid climate change in this region

Based on recent research by the invited speakers, this roundtable addressed these multifaceted dynamics and implications of China-Arctic relations in a changing global order.

The first part of the roundtable discussion featured brief presentations by the following five panelists. In the second part of the session, the floor was opened for discussion between all participants.

  • Yang Jiang, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS)

  • Jesper Zeuthen, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University

  • Lau Blaxekjær, Postdoc Researcher, NIAS

  • Tao Ding, Young Research Associate Professor, Fudan University

  • Tone Bleie, Professor, UiT

The papers presented in the first part of the session will inform the base of a policy report under the Nordic-China Cooperation Research Council project, initiated by NIAS and the Fudan Centre, which will inform scholars, policy makers and stakeholders on contemporary dynamics in the relationship between the Nordic region and China.

The roundtable was organised by the Fudan Centre in collaboration with NIAS and the University of Tromsø (UiT). It was chaired by Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Professor, UiT.


Asia on the Move was the 11th Annual Nordic NIAS Council (NNC) Conference and PhD Course.
This year, it was organized in collaboration with Centre for Peace Studies, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.

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